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The Grand Collab: An Interview with Sandra Quinlan

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Perhaps you’ve heard of The Grand Collab. Perhaps you’ve been to Will’s Pub  in Orlando’s Mills 50 District on the last Sunday of the month. But do you really know what the Grand Collab is? We sat down with Sandra Quinlan, one of co-founders of this multi-genre explosion event to find out more about the greatest music showcase in Orlando that our readers might be missing.

The Loud Lifestyle: What is The Grand Collab?

Sandra Quinlan: The Grand Collab is a multi-genre showcase that my friend Chris Mendez (aka DJ Cub of the VLA) started back in November of 2014. The shows are held periodically (generally on a bimonthly basis, but sometimes at different intervals) at Will’s Pub and feature 5-6 musical acts. Local emcee Lauren ‘TKO’ Rohan is our awesome host and DJ Cub is our resident DJ. We also occasionally feature live visual art or the occasional vintage popup shop by Dayglo Diva.

TLL: How did you come up with this idea?

SQ: Cub came up with the name for the event and the concept was spawned following a show I put together featuring Cub’s former band Deaf 2 the Industry, Lake Worth punk band Everymen, and local hip hop trio Table for Three. That particular show was held at Uncle Lou’s and we were stoked that the varied bill was so well received by the audience as a whole. It was after that show that Cub and I decided we wanted to collaborate to form a showcase that would bring a variety of different musical genres to the table, and consequently a variety of different listeners to the audience.

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Art by Nico Suave, photo by Sandra Quinlan

TLL: Why do you love hip-hop?

SQ:  Given that both Cub and I are both big hip hop fans, we knew it was important to incorporate that into the Grand Collab on a very consistent basis. This is why we’ve made it a point to include at least one hip hop act per showcase. I love hip hop for a variety of reasons, but I feel the strongest reason is because it is both an empowering force and a communal one. As for it being empowering, hip hop has long provided a voice for those society might have otherwise tried to keep voiceless. Like with punk music, hip hop is the voice of the underdog. It has the power to teach, inspire, empower, or just make you dance. As for it being community oriented, hip hop is far more than just a musical genre- it is a culture that Afrika Bambaataa of the Zulu Nation is credited with breaking down into five different elements: DJing, Emceeing, Breaking (b-boy/girl culture), Graph Writing (graffiti artists) and Knowledge. I have a ton of respect for this culture and feel it’s important for the Grand Collab bill to feature hip hop artists who haven’t totally lost touch with this culture.

TLL: What is the best part of the Grand Collab?

My favorite part of the Grand Collab is its ability to tear down the invisible walls that tend to separate music lovers from good music because of the generally clique-y nature of most music scenes. Don’t get me wrong, these so-called clique-y music scenes are beautiful in their own light, as they often bring about this homey sense of belonging among likeminded audience members. I just think it’s important to expand your horizons and expose yourself to different types of music from time to time. In doing so, you can become more open minded and also experience the offerings of other types of music. What is the worst part of it? Honestly, I think the worst part of it is the fact that our show has always been held on a Sunday night. While I truly believe the Grand Collab is one of those Sunday night gems, if you will, convincing people that our showcase is more appealing than a lazy Sunday at home can be extremely tricky.

TLL: What’s your ultimate dream for it?

SQ: While the ultimate dream for the Grand Collab is something myself and Cub are still in the process of cultivating, my current dream for the Grand Collab is for more people to realize its potential and come out to the shows. As with any showcase, the Grand Collab could not exist without an audience. My dream is for the Grand Collab to be an event in which music lovers of all walks of life can connect over good music (and good drinks, of course).

Tyla Yaweh Will Headline His First Show In Orlando on Feburary 12th

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Dope Entertainment announced a few hours ago that Tyla Yaweh will headline his first show on Feburary 12th in Orlando at Backbooth. Last year, Tyla Yaweh performed all over Florida, hitting venues all around Florida. Supporting acts will include Marco, Danny Towers, John Zoe and Marcellus Juvann.

The young artist is known for jumping into crowds, creating mosh pits, and in general giving performances you’ll never forget. Tickets are on sale starting tomorrow at 4:20pm. Cop yours here.

Grand Slamm Records Brings Top Local Talent Together for Upcoming Future Legends Concert

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Once again, Chester Williams (Grand Slamm Records) has handpicked several artists from Houston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and more to perform live at The Abbey next week on January 28th in Orlando, Florida.

The ‘Future Legends’ concert will include Bria Zhanae, Brit Trees, Samuel Shabazz, Marcellus Juvann, Dion Price and LB 199X. This special collective of artists have proven themselves time and time again to be quite the spectacle. Juvann, with the release of his critically acclaimed project, The Fall, is set to give a stunning performance of his new material.

The ‘Future Legends’ are prepared to tear the house down with what the name suggests, a truly legendary experience from some of the top local talent around. If you’re not familiar with their catalogs, click their names to become familiar before the big day.

Doors will open at 7, with the show beginning promptly at 8:30pm. General Admission tickets are $12 with VIP tickets selling for $20. To purchase tickets, click here.

Here’s A Guide to Florida Classic Weekend 2015

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It’s that time of year again for the annual rivalry football game between Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Bethune Cookman College to go down. However, that’s a very small part of what brings thousands of people to Orlando every year for this particular event. I could give you the backstory to the weekend but if you’re reading this, you probably already know and I’m not bored enough to include it. Moving on, it’s the weekend full of tailgating, shopping, events and of course, clubbing. It’s also the weekend of absurd traffic for three days straight and this guide should help you prepare yourself a little bit better. Whether it’s your first time or your 100th time, let me help you to avoid searching too hard on the Internet for something to do.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

While Kissimmee offers all of these great vacation homes, it’s also a great way to get stuck in traffic for hours all weekend (Also, Kissimmee isn’t Orlando no matter what people tell you). If you just can’t resist staying out there, make it a point to get downtown well before 9 p.m. Trust me, 1-4 traffic is a regular thing but becomes next level when it’s Classic Weekend. It’s recommended to find a hotel downtown to avoid parking, traffic and just about all of the nonsense that comes along with this heavily populated weekend.

I didn’t say hotels downtown were cheap, especially not this weekend, but if you can afford it then you’ll have much less of a headache if you stay in the downtown area.

PARKING

It’s fair to say parking gets to be a little pricey and insane during this weekend. However, this is not the weekend to try to avoid paying for parking. Mind your surroundings because if your car is towed, you can bet you’ll come out of pocked no less than $200.

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It’s highly recommended to purchase tickets well in advance of any after parties during this weekend. It can get expensive (as if it isn’t already) if you don’t plan accordingly before going out.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 2015

Florida Classic Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue @ Rosen Centre 11:30 a.m. Doors: 12:00 p.m.

Individual tickets are $55 (including lunch) while a table of 10 (eight guests and two football players) is $550. Purchase tickets for the luncheon by calling Florida Citrus Sports at (407) 423-2476.

Florida Blue Battle of the Bands @ Amway Center | Doors open at 7 p.m. | Click here for tickets

The Orlando Classic: Premium “Mixer & Party w/ DJ Biz Markie @ Bar Louie | 7335 W Sandlake Rd, Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32819 | 6 P.M. – 2 A.M. | Click here for more info

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The Legendary Artist & DJ Biz Markie is in town to get down with the alumni this weekend. This event features a stellar happy hour from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. including half-price select appetizers & flatbreads, twin bars with an indoor & outdoor patio and VIP Booths with bottle service.

Kodak Black Performing Live @ Gilt Nightclub 740 Bennett Road, Orlando, Fl | Doors open at 9:30 pm | Click here for tickets

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Young 18-year-old Kodak Black is performing during the action-packed weekend at Gilt Nightclub. Hailing from Golden Acres Projects in Pompano Beach, Florida, Kodak is known for hits including, “Molly,” “Skrilla” and more recently, “SKRT.” Catch him performing live on Friday and purchase your tickets here.

Back To The Dabb: “Big A** Classic Party” @ Glitz Ultra Lounge 7432 Universal Blvd, Orlando, Fl | 9 PM – 3AM | Click here for more info

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST 2015

 The Network Music Conference @ Double Tree Hotel Downtown Orlando 60 S Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804 | 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. | Click here for more info

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This year marks the fifth year of The Annual Network Music Conference’s festivities including panels, networking, live performances and more. If you’re in the entertainment industry or have a desire to expand your knowledge and meet industry professionals, make sure to register for this event. This year’s speakers are set to include Multiplatinum Songwriter/Artist Kevin Cossom, Founder of Ozone Magazine, Julia Beverly, The Chief Executive Officer of Revolt Media, Keith Clinkscales and so many more.

Florida Blue Florida Classic: Florida A&M vs Bethune Cookman @ Orlando Citrus Bowl | Kickoff begins at 2:30 p.m. | Click here for Tickets

The annual football game between Florida rivals, Bethune Cookman and FAMU goes down for the 36th time. 

Miami Invasion Classic Weekend: Trick Daddy Performing Live @ Cleo’s Gentlemen’s Club | 1310 South Orange Blossom Trail Orlando Fl 32805 | 9 P.M. – 3 A.M. | Contact 407-536-1237 or 321-460-9675 For More Info

No I.D. Classic Jam 2015 (Teenage Party) @ Club Space 7040 Kirkman Road & International Drive | 9 P.M. – 2 A.M. | Click Here For More Info

Future Performing Live @ Gilt Nightclub 740 Bennett Road, Orlando, Fl | Doors open at 9:30 PM | Click here for Tickets

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Coming off of the successful releases of his album, DS2, and joint mixtape with Drake, Future is headed to Orlando for a full live performance. This performance is one of the most popular events during this weekend and prices will continue to increase closer to the day of the event. Click here for more info.

YeaImMelo Birthday Bash Classic Weekend Takeover: Jeezy & Yo Gotti Performing Live @ Majestic 801 N. John Young Parkway, Orlando, Fl 32804 | 9 P.M. – 2:30 A.M. | Click here for tickets

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Guaranteed to be one of the biggest parties this weekend, Yo Gotti and Jeezy are coming to invade Orlando at one of the biggest venues, Majestic. This event is expected to sell out well before the day of the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Reminisce: A Grown Folks Classic Reunion @ Soiree Event & Conference Center 6394 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL 32818 | 9:30 P.M. – 3:30 A.M. | Click here for more info

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The Orlando Classic: Tastemakers Official Afterparty w/ DJ Kid Capri & Jagged Edge @ House of Blues Orlando 1490 Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 | 10 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. | Click Here For More Info

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2015

The Riding Big Car Show @ Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy blvd., Eatonville, FL | 2 P.M. to 10 P.M. | Click Here For Tickets

Be sure to check back frequently as I will continue to add events as they are announced!

Dreams Do Come True Brunch: Empowering Women On A Higher Level (featuring Karen Civil)

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What exactly does it take to become an entrepreneur? What does it take to become an entrepreneur as a woman? As an attendee and supporter of the first Annual “Dreams Do Come True: Women’s Empowerment Brunch,” both of these questions were easily answered.

The panelists consisted of powerful women sharing knowledge in their perspective industries. The featured speaker, Karen Civil, shared her experience from her early beginnings as an intern to her platform, KarenCivil.com. Civil spoke about the importance of networking, being a woman in the entertainment industry and the reality of being an entrepreneur. Additional attendees included Kimberly Stewart (CEO of KRS Wealth Management), Carrielle Buford-Davidson & Catrina (Owners of Tinka’s Closet), Veronica Valdez (Entrepreneurship & Motivation), Honey’s Money (Maybach Music Group), Andromeda Raheem (Women’s Empowerment Coach) and Elora Mason (National Publicist).

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The day began with a beauty hour delivered by Adrianna Thomas, offering makeup tips and beauty advice. In addition to Adrianna, Salon Owner & Stylist, Ms. Pickney arrived to share her experiences and expertise. The ladies were invited to enjoy a “day in Paris,” as they listened to powerful women share their life experiences, business advice and more. While several brunches occur throughout the year, The Dreams Do Come True Brunch exceeded all expectations with stellar speakers, great food and an exquisite location.

Serving as the first of many to come, Ciara Quaintance and Megan Johnson of CiMeInYourDreams Enterprises continue to set the bar high in event excellence. Thank you, Ladies!

 

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Real Feel Presents: Studio B Sessions with Producer HenryDaher

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HenryDaher, a prominent producer residing in Orlando, Fl, has teamed up with Real Feel Recording & Dope Entertainment to offer artists a special package. Daher recently served on a producer panel with other producers including Cool & Dre for Dope Entertainment’s TakeoffxLanding Festival. During the panel, he shared his experiences as well as key industry knowledge for a crowd of over 100 attendees. Now, he’s inviting local artists (and beyond) to have the opportunity to work with him.

Daher is set to Executive Produce and Mix rising artist Wifisfuneral’s new project, This is Temporary, set to release on September 11th. Additionally, he will executive produce and mix Danny Towers new project BlockBuster, and will appear on G-Eazy’s next album titled, “The Rise of the Villain” .

If you are a local artist residing in the Central Florida, be sure to take advantage of these incredibly reasonable prices. If you’re not familiar with his credits, they include Niko IS, Wifisfuneral, Talib Kweli, Styles P and many more.

Services will include:

  • Vocal tracking – $35+ an hour.
  • Pre-Production & Vocal Tracking – $45+ an hour
  • Production Session & Vocal Tracking – $60+ an hour

For more information, contact Daherr.Henry@gmail.com or call 407-766-3374 directly for booking.

Find a few of his tracks below.

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